21 Nov GIS Data Compared to TeleTracker
Does your company or organization need access to GIS data or would TeleTracker be more efficient? Read this article to help you decide…
Deciding whether you need to buy GIS data or get access to TeleTracker may not be clear at first. When compared side-by-side the GIS and TeleTracker can seem very similar. To help clear up the confusion we will start by defining the two options.
What is GIS Data?
GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems and is utilized for capturing, storing, manipulating, analyzing, managing, and presenting geographical or spatial data. These advanced applications allow users to analyze, edit, and present spatial information. GIS can work with various types of data and is rooted in the science of geography.
There are thousands of organizations in almost every industry that utilize GIS data. This information can be used for monitoring changes, identifying problems, forecasting, and deciphering trends. There are various ways that GIS information is used by businesses daily.
How are GIS Datasets Used?
GIS is used by government agencies, consumers, and businesses to make informed decisions. It assists in the analyzation of demographic, topographic, and environmental data. Nobel Systems, a company that utilizes GIS information to enable utility companies, states there are about 20 ways businesses use GIS data every day. Below is a list of the top 10 reasons.
- Asset Management
- Geological Analysis
- Disaster Mitigation
- Agricultural Applications
- Natural Resource Management
- Urban Development and Planning
- Environmental Impact Analysis
- Telecom and Network Services
These various applications of GIS data are reasons why so many companies are in need of it. So how would you know if your company needs data or TeleTracker?
What is TeleTracker?
TeleTracker is a GeoTel Communications web-based service that is powered by traditional GIS data. This SaaS (or DaaS) takes away the need to interpret the data and presents it in an easy-to-use platform. TeleTracker allows users to search maps based on address or regions to locate constantly updated telecommunication infrastructure data.
This data consist of a worldwide telecom carrier directory, carrier fiber network maps, metro fiber routes, nearest fiber to tower, long haul fiber routes, wire center boundaries, points of interest, LATA boundaries, fiber lit buildings, cable fiber routes, broadband wireless, area code boundaries, a worldwide data center directory, central office locations, and cell tower locations.
GIS vs TeleTracker
When a company utilizes GIS data it is because they have a GIS shop in-house or GIS capabilities that allows users to create their own spatial analyses, spatial reports, and spatial queries. If an organization does not have a dedicated GIS department, then it will need to utilize a SaaS (or DaaS) product to interpret the information.
GIS information assists the consumer in analyzing various telecom datasets such as fiber routes and fiber lit buildings in a spatial format. All the data gathered for GIS is uploaded into a user-friendly online SaaS product, such as TeleTracker.
So how do you know if your organization needs GIS data or to use TeleTracker? It all depends on the structure of your organization. If your organization does not have a dedicated GIS department, then it will most likely be best to utilize TeleTracker.
If you would like a free demo of our telecommunications data or TeleTacker, contact the experts at GeoTel today.
Authors: Valerie Stephe, Eric Cabading, Brittany Leonard